Here are the first images showing the upcoming Dodge SRT Viper that will be presented later today at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
The images show the new Viper as we expected, and as several renderings making the rounds of the Web have predicted: sleeker, smoother, in many ways more like the original Viper.
Based on these shots, it also looks as though the new Viper will have side exit exhaust – another feature that has withstood the test of the time and remained popular in the Viper lineup.
Actual details like weight, power, and performance are still yet to be revealed (stay up late today).
However – power is estimated at a Ferrari-FF rivaling 660hp, from the big V10 engine, with both performance and economy improvements due to increased use of aluminum and other light-weight materials, plus a cylinder deactivation and stop-start function to minimize fuel usage.
Although the MSRP has not yet been set, orders with deposits will be accepted by dealers in the third quarter, with inventory appearing at dealerships in December.
Viper production stopped at the Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit in July 2010, a year after Chrysler Group LLC emerged from bankruptcy thanks to a $12.4 billion government bailout and a rescue by Italian automaker Fiat SpA.